Talented student Grace Neville recently returned from representing the Women’s England 17 football team in Lithuania. Grace, currently in Year 12, spent twelve days away with the squad competing in the qualifying round of the UEFA Women's European championships.
The UEFA European Women's Under-17 Championship consists of three distinct stages: two qualifying rounds and an eight-team final tournament. The competition begins with a one-venue four-team mini-tournament. In the first stage England travelled to Lithuania to play against the hosts, Slovenia and Russia to compete for a place in the elite round.
Defender, Grace played superbly in all three matches, in addition to getting on the score sheet in the opening game against Lithuania. Overall the team celebrated two wins in addition to suffering a narrow a loss against Slovenia. Their efforts were sufficient to finish top of the group and qualify for the next stage. Results:
- England 14 – 0 Lithuania
- England 0 – 1 Slovenia
- England 1 – 0 Russia
Next up is the elite round in the spring of 2017, where 24 teams are drawn into six groups of four teams. The groups are played as one-venue mini-tournaments with the winners and the runners-up progressing to the finals to join the hosts in the final tournament hosted by the Czech Republic in May 2017.